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India, Pakistan clash on Kashmir border ends brief truce

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DAILY MAIL, 03rd JUNE, 2018-India and Pakistan exchanged fire across the Kashmir border on Sunday, officials said, killing two guards and ending a days-old agreement to honour a ceasefire in the disputed region.


Seven civilians were also injured at Aknoor, near the contested territory’s border with Pakistan, in a barrage that claimed the lives of two Indian border officers.


India’s Border Security Force said its troops returned fire after Pakistani border rangers in Sialkot fired into Kashmir without provocation in the early hours of Sunday.


“The injured soldiers were immediately evacuated to a military hospital where they later succumbed (to their injuries),” border force spokesman Manoj Yadav told AFP from Jammu, the winter capital of the restive Himalayan region.


Pakistan authorities did not immediately comment on India’s allegations or whether any damage was sustained on their side of the border.


The salvo of gun and mortar fire came just four days after Pakistan and India promised to end ceasefire violations in Kashmir. The two sides had pledged to respect the conditions laid out in a 2003 ceasefire “in letter and spirit” following some of the highest levels of violence in Kashmir since the pact was signed. Both sides blame each other for violating the 15-year ceasefire.


Dozens have been killed in border clashes in recent months along the border that divides the territory into zones of Indian and Pakistani control, leaving residents terrified.


The renewed commitment to the ceasefire had encouraged thousands of civilians to return to their homes after weeks of shelling.

 

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